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6 Factors to Consider When Choosing Cladding for Your Home

If you’re thinking about installing cladding on your property, an exterior wall cladding can improve the aesthetics of your home and protect it from harsh weather conditions and pests.

Read on for six factors you should consider to choose the suitable cladding for your home.

1.    Insulation

Insulating your home is crucial to keeping energy bills low and reducing the environmental footprint of your space. When hunting for ideal cladding, be sure to check the energy ratings to determine which option provides the best insulation. Installing a cladding with the highest insulation value can help keep heat out during summer and trap the heat inside the home during winter, allowing you to save energy regardless of the climate in your local area.

Cocoon House in New York by nea studio. See full project here.

2.    Appearance

Cladding material should complement your home’s architectural beauty. Ensure that you envision the appearance you want to achieve once the cladding system is installed to determine the suitable cladding material.

Black Rock House by MUS Architects. See the full project here.

There are various cladding materials on the market, including wood, stucco, vinyl, metal, and tiles, making choosing the suitable material difficult, so you should consider seeking recommendations from cladding professionals in Australia. Whether you want a modern and chic appearance or a natural and rustic look, a professional can point you in the right direction.

3.    Maintenance

All exterior cladding materials require regular maintenance to ensure they live out their rated lifespan in excellent condition. For instance, you need to apply a rot-resistant coating on timber cladding to combat the effects of moisture. For this reason, you should determine how much money and time you are willing to dedicate to the exterior cladding maintenance before zoning in on a particular product. Be sure to speak to a professional contractor regarding the best maintenance procedure to sustain the structural integrity and appearance of the product.

Lake Huron by SAOTA. See the full project here.

4.    Return on investment

With the increased costs in real estate, you should strive to keep your property value at the optimum, and installing exterior cladding can help you achieve just that. External cladding can help revive your property’s old and tired appearance, increasing its curb appeal and value. Be sure to opt for durable, long-lasting, and sleek cladding materials that require little or no maintenance, such as vinyl or tile cladding, to get a great return on your investment.

The Wave House in California by Mario Romano. See the full project here.

5.    Durability and lifespan

External cladding will often be exposed to harsh weather conditions, including extreme cold and heat, rain, wind, snow, hail, and storm. Cladding materials last and perform differently depending on distinct environmental conditions. For instance, metal cladding is some of the most durable materials, but its durability and lifespan can be reduced when exposed to corrosive coastal climates. Stone tends to crack with exposure to direct sunlight. Be sure to opt for a cladding product with a rated lifespan and durability, depending on the environmental conditions in your area.

The Albizia House in South Africa features, Stone, Wood and Metal Cladding implemented in a harmonious combination. See the full project here.

6.    Cost

Be sure to set a reasonable budget while factoring in the cost of installation and maintenance for your exterior cladding. Opt for an affordable cladding product but be careful not to compromise quality.

Cross Box in France by CG Architects. See the full project here.


The type of cladding you choose directly impacts your property’s value and cost, and aesthetic appeal. Keep the above factors in mind to ensure you choose the best cladding.

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  1. I like what you said about getting exterior cladding that increases your house value. I need to get a contractor to repair my walls. I think the drywall is cracking.

  2. It helped when you mentioned that cladding material should fit your house’s architectural looks. That’s probably why my husband wants us to have vinyl house cladding. I should tell him to ensure that it fits our exterior.

  3. I want to make sure that I get the right siding on my home, and I’m not sure what to choose. It makes sense that I would want to choose a material that provides enough insulation. That seems likes a great way to ensure that I handle things correctly.

  4. Particularity with stone cladding it is best to seek the advice of a licenced stonemason or builder to ensure the structural integrity of the wall it will be installed on. As Stone Cladding can weigh anywhere between 80 to 100kg, you will need to ensure there is enough mechanical fixing to the substate to carry the weight. Great post by the way.

  5. I love that you said that looking for answers about the lifespan and longevity of cladding could help ensure the best planning approach. The other night, my friend told us she was hoping to have a cladding solution that could resolve the damaged and leaking roof of their residence. She asked if I had opinions on the best cladding approach for the best planning solution. I’m glad about this instructive cladding guide article for the best cladding approach. I’ll tell her she can consult a well-known house cladding service for a high-quality cladding solution as they can provide more information about the process.

  6. It’s interesting to learn that we’d consider the return on investment of a material type before choosing it for cladding. My cousin is building new houses next year and is looking for the best materials available. I think he’ll opt for metal, so I’ll suggest he thinks about its durability and ROI.

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